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The Breeders’ Cup Race Hats and History
When race day arrives, what is one of the most important wardrobe pieces you need to have? There are a few key pieces of your Breeders’ Cup outfit that you will want to plan in advance for if you want to arrive in style, and what’s really interesting is that even the official Breeders’ Cup Race website agrees with us – your hat!
As a World Championship race, the ultimate in fashion is what you can expect to find on every attendee at this horse race, and you’ll have two days to present your own unique style.
Hats in various styles are popular at this esteemed fall horse race, and we have several examples for you to consider on our Breeder’s Cup Hats page.
The official color for the BC is purple, and it is a popular color, for sure, yet it is no the only color you’ll see! Fall colors are always a favorite, with midnight blue, earth tones, burgundy, and even teal making a showing. If the days are chilly, you’ll see people layering their clothing with stylish jackets, shawls, suits, and even an elegant pantsuit.
When you’re choosing a hat for the Breeders’ Cup, there are a few things to take into consideration:
- The color, fabric and look of your outfit.
- Your height – if you are tall, broad and medium-sized brims, fascinators and the hybrid “hatinator” are popular choices.
- If you are vertically challenged, small to medium-sized brims are often more appropriate, as are fascinators.
For a beautiful selection of hats, hatinators, and fascinators perfectly suited for the BC race, visit Polly Singer’s HatsAndVeils.net store to choose from a gorgeous selection of hats. Be sure to order in advance if you want a custom hat for the Breeders’ Cup, as each of Polly’s hats are handmade and come in a beautiful signature hat box, yet custom orders require special attention and it is best to make arrangements in advance whenever possible.
We don’t want to forget the men! A fedora is a popular choice at the race, and this type of hat can be designed in various shapes and sizes, with felt recommended for the cooler season. Fit is important, but you’re in great hands with Polly, so don’t hesitate to give her a call to ask questions regarding fit or style.
Whether you choose from one of our ready-made hats, or a custom hat, you can rest assured that your design will be unique, original, and crafted to make a statement in keeping with your personal style.
The color trends change from year-to-year, and for 2017 we have some incredible options! The Pantone 2017 colors are Grenadine, Tawny Port, Ballet Slipper, Butterum, Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Shaded Spruce, Golden Lime, Marina and Autumn Maple. The options are truly gorgeous and we are already busy creating hats that reflect the most recent color trends, along with those more in keeping with the traditional elegance of this Grade 1 Thoroughbred horse race, spanning two days. (You can read that article here.)
2015 was the first time a Triple Crown had been won since the Breeders’ Cup inception in 1982, and thus created the first opportunity for a horse to win a “Grand Slam;” amazingly enough, American Pharoah did just that in an exciting wire-to-wire finish at the Breeders’ Cup Classic!
This event attracts the top horses from North America, as well as Europe. Although the Cup was met with significant skepticism in the racing community originally, support has increased exponentially since then and it achieved significant popularity both here in the United States and abroad.
Thirteen Cup championship races take place over the course of the two days, and the last several years have seen sellout crowds for both days of the event.
If you’re attending the Cup this year, let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on the Polly Singer Couture Hats Facebook page. We would love to see a photo of you in your hat, or even a pic of the hat you wore last year if you’re keeping this year’s hat a secret until the big day.
If you’re wearing a Polly Singer original, we definitely want to see pictures of you and your hat, so please circle back on Facebook and share it with us!
Most people think that the major horse races occur in the spring and summer. However the Breeder’s Cup is the biggest weekend in horse racing, second only to the Kentucky Derby.
This year’s Breeder’s Cup Race is on November 4th and 5th, at Santa Anita Park.
If I was attending Breeder’s Cup, here are a few selections that I might consider. Visit our Breeder’s Cup page.
While I love this dress, it has a lot going on in the pattern. I think a simple fascinator in this soft, shimmery shade of gray would highlight the dress nicely.
I love the soft flow of this pale pink dress. It’s contemporary, comfortable for a day at the races. I think Snowdrop has the flirtiness and flow to work with this cool, trendy dress.
Nothing is as dramatic to me as a hot red dress. I adore the lines on the back of this dress. Add the Ellie hatinator/saucer hat to this for a drop dead winning combination. Be prepared to stop for lots of photos. The cameras will not be able to resist you in this combination!
The perfect Breeder’s Cup classic!
Don’t forget that Breeder’s Cup is just around the corner. November 4th and 5th at Santa Anita Race Track.
“Buy straw hats in winter. ”
(idiomatic) of stocks
attributed to financier Russell Sage (1816-1906)
Straw Hats in the winter? Well that depends on where they’re worn and, most important, in what colors. As we’ve become convinced of the ill effects of sun exposure, women look for sun protection year round. Sun block is a necessity, plus, there exists a need for attractive wide brimmed hats in autumn/ winter hues. Last year, Polly dedicated a segment of her collection to what we call “transitional straws”, that is, hats made of parisisal straw designed in colors and materials which complement cool weather fashion. The transitional straws have been popular with horse racing fans. Here are a few of the front runners.
Elmhurst blazes with the vibrant colors of an Autumn Day.
Epigram adds rich mocha tones to basic black. An excellent accessory for a camel hair coat or with earth toned tweeds.
Indulgence, in crisp black and white with an unexpected twist in peacock blue is divine with a houndstooth check or to relieve black or gray ensembles.
Any of the transitional straw designs will add spark to your fall and winter wardrobe, all the while, affording extra sun protection.
by Jan Masters Yon
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Breed the best to the best and hope for the best.
the Breeder’s axiom
In a perfect world every day would be Ladies’ Day. In the world of thoroughbred racing Ladies’ Day is October 24, opening day of the 25th running of the Breeders Cup Championships. The Breeders’ Cup Ladies Day Classic (formerly known as Breeders Cup Distaff) will be the premier race on the Friday program featuring five races for the distaff divisions (fillys only) with the feature race being the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic worth $2 million.
The Breeders’ cup was created in 1982 by Kentucky horseman John R. Gaines as a year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing. It also draws outstanding horses world wide. Day 2 of the event is considered to be the the second richest day in sports, the Dubai World Cup night being the first.
This year, to the organizers’ credit, the day will be profitable not only to the breeders owners and competent and/or lucky handicappers; two global charity events will benefit as well. The Breeders’ Cup association has established relationships with St. Judes and Komen for the Cure and has set a goal of raising $250, 000 for each organization during the 2008 season. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance and families without insurance are never asked to pay. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
The program will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The average temperature in this area is 81, with an average rainfall of 0.57 inches. If you’re planning to attend you may expect to experience hot weather and little likelihood of rain — perfect hat weather. So what style of hat complements the fashions of the season yet provides comfort and sun protection in a warm climate?
Polly Singer Couture Hats and Veils is a step, or in racing parlance, a stride ahead with a newly designed line of what we call “Transitional Straws”. Playfully named in this blog only for Breeder’s Cup winners, these hats are fashioned of parisisal straw in our best loved shapes (The Madhatter, Simply Elegant, Blythe Spirit) in warmer autumn hues and finished with trims, feathers, flowers and fabric which are in keeping with the season. Below is a gallery of the newest designs. Sorry, these particular hats aren’t yet available for purchase online but I invite you to peruse the gallery. If there’s a design that suits one of your fall ensembles, please call, we are happy to discuss designs and are taking orders for them by phone. On an interesting note, Polly designed a hat last year that proved lucky for owner Theresa Mobley of West Point Thoroughbreds, whose horse, Awsome Gem finished third in The Breeders Cup Classic .
If you can’t make it to The Breeders’ Cup this year, you may follow the races on television. For the third straight year ESPN will televise live coverage of both days of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The following link will take you to the schedule.
Opening day, Friday, October 24 will feature five races for females only which, according to Breeder’s Club president, Greg Avioli, is a show case for the talents of the best female thoroughbreds in the world. If you aren’t fortunate to be at Santa Anita that weekend, I urge you throw a Ladies’ Day Party; to assemble your best lady-friends, favorite refreshments, The Daily Racing Form and show support for Filly Power. You might offer prizes for The Alpha Mare, Best Handicapper, Most Spirited Display of Lady-Like Support and, naturally, a special award for Best Fall Hat. It’s our day, ladies, lets revel in it!
by Jan Masters Yon